There are 3 famous landmarks along the Wyoming stretch of the Oregon Trail where emigrants paused to record their very existence. It was here where these hearty souls stopped and rested, and scratched their names onto stone walls. Heading west on “The Road”, as it was nicknamed back then in the mid-1800’s, the Oregon Trail would first come upon Register Cliff, in Platte County, then Independence Rock in Natrona County, and finally, Names Hill, in Lincoln County.
Names Hill is a sandstone wall that displays some 2,000 signatures, many that date back even before the Great Emigration. The oldest inscription at Names Hill is that of trapper John Danks, dated 1827. The most famous signature would be that of famous mountain man and explorer, Jim Bridger. It’s hard to miss, it’s the biggest and most-prominent, and reads, “James Bridger 1844 trapper”. There are many Indian petroglyphs here at Names Hill, and of course, thousands of the carved inscriptions of settlers passing along the Oregon Trail.
Names Hill is a spectacular piece of history, a wall of rustic signatures, that is still very well-preserved. It’s located 6 miles south of La Barge, along the Sublette Cutoff, at the Green River crossing.